August 14: John Ross, “Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough”

  • Wednesday, August 14th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: John Ross, author of “Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers”

Part of the Dr. Francis Wicks lecture series involving medical history. John Ross cheerfully debunks old biographical myths and suggests fresh diagnoses for these writers’ real-life medical mysteries. The author takes us way back, when leeches were used for bleeding and cupping was a common method of cure, to a time before vaccinations, sterilized scalpels, or real drug regimens. With a healthy dose of gross descriptions and a deep love for the literary output of these ten greats, Ross is the doctor these writers should have had in their time of need.